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Erasing and restoring hard disk with operating system for sale?


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#1 g0tvtec

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 03:51 PM

I want to sell my HP desktop but want to erase all of my files from it. I will use Dban to overwrite the entire hard drive but how do I restore the operating system? Do I just use the recovery disks to restore the OS after Dban? Or is it a better idea to keep my HDD and put in a new HDD for sale?

If I put in a new HDD, will my recovery disks install the OS into the new HDD without any problems?

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 04:16 PM

What type of media is your recovery disk on?

If it is a floppy disk, this means your OS is stored on a hidden recovery partition on the hard drive.

If it is a cdrom, it should say on the disk that it has the windows OS on it.

Please check this before wiping the hard drive.
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Posted 10 April 2010 - 05:23 PM

Thanks for the response

I have a recovery partition on the HDD which I believe can be used to restore the system. At the same time, I have CD/DVDs of HP's system recovery that was sent to me from them. The system recovery disc says that it contains Vista Home Premium w/ Service Pack 1 but I have a seperate Windows 7 (also from HP) which can be installed after i install vista.

I plan on building a custom PC right before I sell this machine. Do you recommend me to DBan the HDD and sell it completely blank or should I do the full system restore along with Windows 7 for the buyer?

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 05:35 PM

Thanks for the response

I have a recovery partition on the HDD which I believe can be used to restore the system. At the same time, I have CD/DVDs of HP's system recovery that was sent to me from them. The system recovery disc says that it contains Vista Home Premium w/ Service Pack 1 but I have a seperate Windows 7 (also from HP) which can be installed after i install vista.

I plan on building a custom PC right before I sell this machine. Do you recommend me to DBan the HDD and sell it completely blank or should I do the full system restore along with Windows 7 for the buyer?


Well if you want to pass on your OEM disk of windows 7 to a customer, that's entirely up to you, but is a good jester on your part if you ask me. :thumbsup:

I would just do a fresh install of windows 7 on the hard drive and pass those disks along with the computer to the new owner. Doing a fresh install would pretty much wipe out much of the origional contents anyways, but make sure you do not save the origional files during the install or it will move them into a folder called windows.old on the root directory of the drive, which is not what you want, so choose no if you are asked if you want to save your old configuration files ect.
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